Mary Lydia Morson

MORSON, Mary Lydia

March 15, 1903 – June 1, 2007


Our beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Mary Lydia (Farrow) Morson (104), late of Cumberland Health Care Centre in Cumberland, BC peacefully passed into the presence of her Lord on June 1, 2007.

She was predeceased by her dear husband Fred (1991); her parents George Ives and Hannah (Currie) Farrow; one infant brother Daniel Davis, one infant sister Isobel Jane, four brothers, Herbert, Currie, Russell, and William. She is survived by her daughter Effie Rice-Frazeur (Dave), her grandchildren: David Rice (Julie), Linda Harms (James); her great-grandchildren: James and Steven Rice, Anne Marie and Mary Anne Harms. Her large extended family of 5 generations will always remember her with great love and affection.

On March 15th, 1903 she was born in Desable, Prince Edward Island and grew up in Hampton, P.E.I. where she enjoyed a happy childhood. She rode her horse to school and after finishing high school took a few odd jobs. She worked on the boats and spent 11 years on the SS Charlottetown. During that time she became Chief Stewardess and primarily looked after the needs of the women. While Chief Stewardess she had the pleasure of meeting Lucy Maud Montgomery, author of “Anne of Green Gables” on the steamship. Before leaving this job she received a letter of commendation from the Master of SS Charlottetown and the Chief of Police in Brookline, Massachusetts.

In 1943, she moved to Coombs, BC where she worked for the Parksville Logging Company as First Aid attendant and camp cook. In 1946, her cousin Bill Yeo purchased the Royston Beach Auto Court where she and her cousin Ernest Yeo (Roy’s father) became proprietors from 1946-1955.

In 1955, Mary married Fred Morson and enjoyed 35 happy years of marriage until his death in 1991. They spent many happy summers at Camp Imadene, Mary served in the kitchen and Fred as camp counsellor and canteen host. She was a great inspiration to her many friends who knew and loved her. She was a very good homemaker, a caring and a hospitable hostess to those who stayed in her home. She had a sunny disposition ready to help those in need.

Church was very important throughout Mary’s life and in the early 1950’s Mary and a good friend Leah Evans had a part in starting the Courtenay Baptist Church. Although she did not become a member until much later, she had a high regard for the Courtenay Baptist Church.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Cumberland Health Care Center in Cumberland, BC for their loving tender care showered on Mary while she was a resident there; thanks for the cheerful weekly visits by Gertie Frelone (Fred’s niece), caring friends from the Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church, her special supportive neighbours who were touched by her love to them, and to all others who were involved in her life. Thank you so much.

A private graveside service was held June 6th, 2007 at the Courtenay Civic Cemetery with Pastor Peter Rabey officiating. Piercy’s Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements. You are invited to share in a service celebrating her life which will be held on June 27, 2007 at 2 pm at the Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church, 2963 Lake Trail Road, Courtenay, BC with Pastor Peter Rabey officiating. Charitable donations may be made to Camp Imadene, Courtenay Fellowship Baptist Church, The Gideons or to the charity of your choice.